Dr Adriana Mihaela Soaita
- Research Fellow (Urban Studies)
My research has focused on some of the ways in which housing and home are permeated by, and shape our ideas of, politics and power, trust and governance, space and place, emotions and embodiment. Through the ways in which housing is accessed, occupied and subjectively experienced,I have been particularly alert in substantiating the lived experience and the consequences of housing inequality.
I have also published on broader urban issues, particularly social capital and trust in the post-communist space. I am now a PI for the projects:
- "Exploring the nexus between trust, corruption and anti-corruption policies in post-communist Romania", a qualitative longitudinal study funded by the Regional Studies Association.
- "Assemblages of neighbourhood densification: a comparative analysis of Romania's, Serbia's and Slovakia's communist housing estates", a collaboration with CI Prof Ljiljana Vasilevska, University of Nis and CI Prof Maros Finka, the Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava (partially funded with Research Incentivisation Funds, Urban Studies).
I joined the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and Urban Studies in 2017. Previously I worked at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and at the University of St Andrews. I am also a chartered Romanian architect and planner with a prolific portfolio of residential and commercial projects. My postgraduate academic inquiry has been supported with £100,000 in prestigious fellowships, awarded by the World Bank, Dutch Government and King’s College London (ORS).
- PhD in Housing Studies (2011), King's College London.
- MSc in Urban Housing Management (Distinction, 2004), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lund University.
- PG in Real Estate, Project and Property Management (Distinction, 2002), IHS Erasmus University Rotterdam.
- BArch/MArch in Architecture and Planning (1985), Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest.
I am interested in housing and the material home as a key site for understanding the dynamic and multidimensional processes through which inequalities are generated via structural determinants, social discourses, everyday practices and cultural mechanisms. This includes:
- Meanings of home, homeownership and housing quality
- Comparative housing systems
- The Private Rental Sector
- Housing options and Asset-Based Welfare
- Housing and social stratification (‘housing class’, status, lifestyle)
- Research co-production, systematic reviews, visual methodologies
- Social capital and trust
- 2019, Soaita AM (PI) Exploring the nexus between trust, corruption and anti-corruption policies in post-communist Romania (a longitudinal qualitative study), Regional Studies Association, MeRSA grant £5,000
- 2019, Soaita AM (PI) Neighbourhood densification: the case of post-communist housing estates (a cross-country comparison of Romania, Serbia and Slovakia), Urban Studies Research Incentivisation Funds, £1,500
- 2019, Gibb K (PI), Maclennan D (CI), Soaita AM (RA) Housing wealth inequalities in Scotland, the Poverty and Inequality Commission, £40,000
- 2019, Urban Studies incentivisation funds (fieldwork), £500
- 2013-19, Employer’s Conference Grants, £7,500
- 2014-17, Other Funders’ Conference Grant, £1,500
- Christopher George Murray, “Social housing allocations in Scotland: a new context?” (MA Public and Urban Policy, 2017-8)
- Collette Anderson, “Understanding the ‘Wider Role’ activities of Community Controlled Housing Associations in sustaining tenancies: a case study approach” (MSc Housing Studies, 2017-8), awarded ‘Best Housing Dissertation’
- Laura Disotto, “Innovative methods of customer engagement and their impact on the residents of social housing” (MSc Housing Studies, 2017-8)
- Yichen Bai, “Exploring the Build-to-Rent sector and its potential contribution to fulfilling housing needs: the case of Scotland” (MSc International Real Estate Market, 2018-9)
I have contributed to:
- Module "Housing: Policy, Welfare and Markets", BA (Hons) in Social and Public Policy, University of Glasgow (2018-2020)
- Module "Housing, Inequality and Society", MSc/PGD in Housing Studies, University of Glasgow (2018-2020)
- Module "Foundations of Welfare", BA in Social and Public Policy, University of Glasgow (2018-2020)
- Module "International Real Estate Analysis", MA in Real Estate, Planning and Regeneration, University of Glasgow (2018)Module “Social Policy and Social Risks”, BA in Sociology, Tilburg University (2016)
- Module “Urban Practice”, MSc Urban Management, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (2016)
- Module “Housing, Community and Social-Spatial Justice”, BA (Hons) in Geography, University of St Andrews (2015)
- Module “Qualitative Methods for Social Scientists”, BA (Hons) in Geography, University of St Andrews (2015)
- International Editorial Advisory Board of the journal of Housing Studies (since 2019)
- Joint conveyor of the Urban Studies Seminar (2018-2020)
- School Ethics Committee (since 2018)
- Chartered member of the Romanian Architect Order (similar to RIBA) and of the Romanian Planner Registry (similar to RITP)
- Antipode | Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography | Emotion, Space and Society | Housing Studies | Housing, Theory and Society | International Journal of Housing Policy | International Journal of Urban Sciences | Journal of Housing and the Built Environment | Journal of Organizational Ethnography | Social Indicators | Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers | Urban Studies.
- Invited speaker: the 2019 International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties (Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2019), RSA Winter Conference (London 2018), HomeUp International Conference (Dresden 2017)
- Session chair: HAS 2019, Dresden 2017, Amsterdam, 2016
- Workshop coordinator: CaCHE 2017, ENHR 2014
- Presenter: the XVIII World Congress of Sociology (Yokohama 2014), ENHR (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020) and HSA (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)